Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For February 19, 2021

Percentage of Americans who say their desire to travel impacts their willingness to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (including 26% who say it has a major impact on their inclination to be vaccinated), according to a study from the Points Guy at 49

Percentage of U.S. adults who already have at least one trip planned for 2021: 33

Percentage of Americans who have not taken any trips since the COVID-19 outbreak: 55


Percentage of retirees who reported that they planned to spend down all or a significant portion of their assets in retirement -- the rest reported wanting to spend down a small portion of assets, spend none at all or to grow their assets, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute: 43

Percentage who agreed that saving as much as they can makes them feel happy and fulfilled: 64

Percentage of retirees who said that maintaining health and wellness in retirement was by far the most important goal at the time people retired: 81

Source: EBRI.

Percentage of Americans who said a high-tech home theater would make a home more desirable, according to a survey: 26

Percentage who would want TVs that pop up out of dressers or drop down from the ceiling: 18

Percentage who selected a high-tech massage chair: 15

Percentage who were interested in an automatic cocktail maker: 6


Percentage of Americans at the end of 2020 who believed the nation is "great," down from 51% in 2017, according to an Ipsos poll: 37

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Percentage of people who believe two workers with the same job title should have the same level of responsibility, according to a survey report by Clutch: 66

Percentage of employees who say that their job title accurately reflects their work and responsibility: 23

Percentage of people who work at companies that have employees with one to five different job titles, while one-quarter work at companies with more than 20 job titles: 31

Source: Clutch.

Percentage of employers who are concerned about mental health and chronic stress impacting fitness for duty (in addition to persistent concerns around legal and illicit substance misuse), according to a National Safety Council survey: 90

In the 12-month period ending in May 2020, number of fatal drug overdoses in the U.S., the highest number ever recorded: 81,000

Percentage of employers surveyed by NSC that said they know impairment is decreasing the safety of their workforce: 52

Source: National Safety Council.

Ranks of the Kia Soul, the Toyota Corolla Hatchback and the Mazda 3 on the list of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $20,000 for 2021, according to the Kelley Blue Book: 1, 2, 3

Ranks of the Ford Bronco Sport, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Jeep Wrangler on the list of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $30,000 for 2021: 1, 2, 3

Source: Kelley Blue Book.

Percentage of pet owners who are paying closer attention to their pets' health and wellness because of COVID-19, according to market research firm Packaged Facts: 41

Estimated percentage rise in pet supplement sales in 2020 -- reaching nearly $800 million and quadrupling the rate of growth seen in 2019: 21

Source: Packaged Facts.

Forecast percentage jump in the revenue of the global IoT (Internet of Things) market, according to data presented by 53

Estimated revenue of the global IoT by 2025: $677 billion

By 2030, projected value of the unified market: $1 trillion plus


Percentage of CFOs who collaborate with their company's CIO more now than three years ago, according to a survey by Robert Half: 82

Ranks of technology investments, business systems changes, staff technology training and cybersecurity on the list of the top collaboration areas for CFOs and CIOs: 1, 2, 3 (tie)

Percentage of finance and tech leaders who are also partnering on digital transformation efforts for their company: 39

Source: Robert Half Technology.

Idle Thought

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts." -- Arthur Conan Doyle, physician and writer

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